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Beloved / a novel by Toni Morrison.

By: Morrison, Toni.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 1987Description: 275 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0701130601 :.Subject(s): African Americans -- Ohio -- History -- 19th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.DDC classification: 813/.54
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It is the mid-1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentucky, an era is ending as slavery comes under attack from the abolitionists. The worlds of Halle and Paul D. are to be destroyed in a cataclysm of torment and agony. The world of Sethe, however, is to turn from one of love to one of violence and death - the death of Sethe's baby daughter Beloved, whose name is the single word on the tombstone, who died at her mother's hands, and who will return to claim retribution.

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Source: Purchase, Nov. 30, 1987 (DLC #0172875). DLC

11 83 89 96 159

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Publishers Weekly Review

The author's opening note admits his fascination with ``uncertainties, belated understandings, useless remorse, treacherous memories.'' Such are the ambiguous situations that inform these 11 pleasantly brooding tales. Translated from the Italian of Tabucchi (Letter from Casablanca), their flavor is international, with settngs that include Paris, Lisbon, Madras, and New York. ``Sleight of Hand'' involves an undercover rendezvous in which a mysterious packet is delivered during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera. The two contacts, a man and a woman, develop an intimacy not scripted by their duties. Art and actuality mingle in ``Cinema'' when an actor and actress find truth in the lines they recite before the camera. In ``Rooms,'' the aging Amelia reflects before burning the writings left by her famous brother, now dead: words ``imprison things, hardening them into a glassy fixity,'' but realities can never be captured. Tabucchi's ruminative musing will appeal to readers who care about the subtlest relationships among families, friends and lovers. (September 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


These 11 stories are prefaced by a note in which the author observes almost wistfully how much the Baroque writers depended upon ambiguity and made it into a metaphor for the world. The author, a veteran novelist and translator, proceeds to identify in his own life a compulsion to seek out ambiguities such as simple misunderstandings, treacherous memories, irredeemable blunders, and useless remorse. For ambiguity in the stories themselves, there is, for example, ``A Riddle,'' in which the narrator is engaged by the beautiful Countess de Terrail to chauffeur for her a magnificent Bugatti Royale that had once belonged to Proust. He becomes her lover, but then she disappears, and the narrator, seeking consolation in alcohol, challenges the reader, ``But why are you interested in other people's stories? You too must be unable to fill in the gaps. Can't you be satisfied with your own dreams?'' After so much talk of ambiguity, which is indeed habit-forming and delicious, the reader is almost disappointed at the unambiguity of what is nonetheless one of the finest of the collection, ``The Trains That Go to Madras.'' Here a mysterious Jewish gentleman named Peter Schlemihl goes to India to assassinate an Argentinian Nazi who as a connoisseur of Dravidian art is employed to catalog the holdings of the local museum. Tabucchi deserves a wide and appreciative American audience.-J. Shreve, Allegany Community College